Blake Lively at Cannes

Blake Lively is your new motivator

Blake Lively is making the world a better place one quote at a time, and we’re not complaining. Speaking out about everything from the ridiculous pressure on new mums to ‘bounce back’ from their baby bodies to dealing with criticism, we could all do with being a bit more Blake today.

Here are 18 lessons in life, love and gossip we learned from Blake Lively.

On being expected to ‘bounce back’ after having a baby…

‘It’s so unfair, it’s so celebrated. I think a woman’s body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You don’t have to have be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away. You’ve just done this incredible miracle that life has to offer. You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated’

On living your best life…
‘It's the choice that you have to wake up everyday and say 'there's no reason today can't be the best day of my life’

‘I feel like there are so many people I admire for so many reasons that I can't look at one person's life and say, "I want that life." I want to make my own history’

‘If I'm not with somebody who really excites or inspires me, then I'd rather be by myself’

‘You can't really go wrong as long as you're true to yourself’

On feeling good in your own skin…

‘The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence’

‘I never think about how other people will respond to the way I dress. Dressing up is all about reflecting how I feel’

‘It's empowering to wear what you're comfortable in, rather than look for validation from other people, which you're never really going to get’

On women…
‘The most powerful thing is for women not just to be the beneficiaries of change, but to be agents of it’

On love…

‘There's no major decision that I make without him. The best part is when we turn off our phones and just talk and hang out. He's my best, best friend. What do you do with your best friend? You do nothing’

‘If you ever want something badly, let it go. If it comes back to you, then it's yours forever. If it doesn't, then it was never yours to begin with’

On family…
‘Having a child makes you realise that we pass on for a reason. You think, “I have to go, because it makes room for you”’

‘There are a few things in life that matter above all else: Your family, your friends, your loved ones. But everything else comes and goes - especially in this business where everything is so of the moment’

On dealing with criticism…

‘You can learn a lot from criticism if you can take what's constructive out of it. If you read a review that starts with, 'This person is an idiot; who do they think they are?', you're not going to learn anything from that’

‘I have a strong sense of myself. That gives me a sense of security, you know? If I define myself by things that are always changing, like the public's opinion, or what I'm wearing, or what job I'm doing, there's no stability in that’

On gossip…
‘People gossip. People are insecure, so they talk about other people so that they won't be talked about. They point out flaws in other people to make them feel good about themselves. I think at any age or any social class, that's present’

‘I've never been a big fan of gossip. Being a victim of it, I knew how much it hurt’

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‘People just wanna talk. They wanna create negative things about you and your life and make up things. You can't let them affect you!’